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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Module Cap
Tied to N1KH07


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • The aim of the module is to enable participants to apply a range of specialized practices to help define the business problem to be tackled by a change programme.
  • Develop strategies for leading change.


  • Organizational complexity - exploring the problem and developing the goals of the change programme.
  • What is organizational culture
  • Where do organizational cultures come from
  • Cultural diagnosis in an organization
  • Leadership and organizational culture
  • Culture change and resistance within an organization
  • Review - succeeding with change

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have an advanced understanding of how to diagnose the current organizational culture.
  • Have an advanced understanding of what goes on under the surface of change processes and programme.
  • Have a critical awareness of how people are responding to change.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Have a critical appreciation of specialized practices to identify the business problem and establish the goals of a complex change programme.
  • Develop appropriate strategies for leading a complex change programme.
Key Skills:
  • Consistently apply an advanced level of knowledge and wider intellectual skills in this complex and specialized area of study.
  • Be adaptable, and show originality, insight, and critical and reflective abilities which can all be brought to bear on unpredictable and problematic situations.
  • Critically evaluate and integrate theory and practice, exercising appropriate judgment, in a complex range of situations.
  • Be self directed and able to act autonomously in planning and implementing projects at professional levels, taking a high level of responsibility for themselves and others as appropriate.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The learning outcomes will be addressed through a combination of lectures, case studies and seminars. The summative assessment by Assignment, is a critical exploration of a specific aspect of organizational complexity and the challenges of change. It is designed to test both students' conceptual knowledge and understanding, and their ability to apply what they have learned.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 6 3 hours 18
Seminars 3 2 hours 6
Group, case study work
Preparation & Reading 126
Other: (Mentor visits)
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
assignment 3000 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

A group presentation assessing the challenges of change from a cultural and leadership perspective.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University